Feb 11, 2009

Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, February 11, 2009

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Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, February 11, 2009

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Stimulus more psychology than theory

Feb 11, 2009
The Senate finally approved a new version of the stimulus package, but debate continues about whether it's even a good idea. Commentator Will Wilkinson says the deal may only be useful for psychological effect, if at all.

Knack for saving may be in the genes

Feb 11, 2009
A new study out today links our genetic make-up to the amount of risk we're willing to take with our savings. Those more prone to risk-taking ventures: study participants whose ancestors moved around. Janet Babin reports.

Overseas markets catch U.S. cold

Feb 11, 2009
Markets in Asia and Europe are trading lower this morning on a U.S. "sneeze." Jeremy Hobson explores the Geithner effect on overseas markets and why some of the markets are relying on U.S. success.

Things are looking up for hedge funds

Feb 11, 2009
Hedge funds had a rough ride in 2008, but things could be turning around. The hedge fund industry has made a profit for two months in a row now. Stephen Beard reports why this is a good sign for the…

Google energy app can generate profits

Feb 11, 2009
Google is developing a free Web service to help you track your home energy use in real time. Aside from helping consumers save on their electricity bill, Google could use the information to make money. Sam Eaton explains how.

Peanut shutdown a shell shock for town

Feb 11, 2009
The town of Blakely, Ga. once thrived as a mecca for the peanut industry. But with the closing of the local peanut processing plant due to a salmonella outbreak comes a questionable future. Dan Grech reports.

U.S. bank execs account for spending

Feb 11, 2009
Bank leaders will testify today in front of the House Financial Services Committee on their use of bailout funds. The industry is being criticized for hoarding taxpayer money instead of increasing lending. Jeremy Hobson reports.

There's more to jobs than cash, right?

Feb 11, 2009
As bank executives account for lavish bonus packages in tough times, we wondered if money is all that drives the American worker nowadays. Bill Radke poses the question to LA Times columnist David Lazarus.

House puts heat on bank CEOs

Feb 11, 2009
The House Financial Services Committee will grill eight bank CEOs today on the cash infusion they received last fall. Steve Chiotakis talks to Representative Jeb Hensarling, who sits on the committee, and finds out what he'll be asking.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC